Newark City Council found someone from outside the council to serve as mayor until the May election.
Former Mayor Matt Newby officially resigned from the position in late September, leaving the position open until last Thursday’s council meeting, when the council unanimously appointed Gary Van Wagner.
Van Wagner chose to wait until Oct. 1 to be sworn into the position. He’s never served in an elected position with the city, but he does regularly deliver an invocation before the start of each meeting.
The council also appointed a new council member. Taylor Burton was unanimously appointed to Place 4 until the May election. The council now has five members.
In other business, the council appointed William Allen as the public works director.
“He has a lot of experience,” said City Administrator Diane Rasor.